Biography

 

Solène Rowan is a Professor of Law specialising in contract, tort, commercial and comparative law. She is the author of the award-winning monograph, Remedies for Breach of Contract: a Comparative Analysis of the Protection of Performance (OUP 2012), which won the SLS Peter Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship (First Prize) and the Inner Temple New Author’s Book Prize for Outstanding Authorship (Runner-Up), and is based on a PhD thesis that was awarded the Yorke Prize (for theses of distinction) by the University of Cambridge. She read law as an undergraduate at King’s College London and Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and undertook LLM and doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge.

 

Prior to joining the University of Oxford, Solène held a Futures Scheme Funding Award (for world-leading high-performing mid-career researchers to enhance their research) at the ANU (2019-2021). She was also an Associate Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science (2012-2018) and a Fellow and College Lecturer in Law at Queens’ College, Cambridge (2008-2012). She has held visiting lectureships at the universities of Oxford, Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) and Osaka Gakuin, and was a Jean Monnet Fellow at Keio University, Tokyo. She is a non-practising solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales, having trained at Herbert Smith in London and Shanghai. Her work has recently been cited by the Scottish Law Commission, the Court of Appeal of Singapore, and the Court of Appeal of Ireland.

Publications

Recent additions

  • S Rowan, The New French Law of Contract (OUP 2022)
  • S Rowan, 'Abuse of Rights in English Contract Law: Hidden in Plain Sight?' (2021) 84 Modern Law Review 1066–1092
  • S Rowan, 'Comparative Observations on Punishment in Private Law' in E Bant, J Goudkamp, J Patterson and W Courtney (eds), Punishment and Private Law (Hart 2021)

Book (2)

S Rowan, The New French Law of Contract (OUP 2022)
S Rowan, Remedies for Breach of Contract: A Comparative Analysis of the Protection of Performance (OUP 2012)
The monograph was awarded the Society of Legal Scholars Peter Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship (First Prize) in 2012 and the New Author's Inner Temple Book Prize for Outstanding Authorship (Runner-Up) in 2015. The thesis on which the monograph is based was awarded the Yorke Prize for theses of distinction by the Faculty of Law of the University of Cambridge in 2012. The monograph was described as “a masterly survey of the remedies for breach of contract” (in the Cambridge Law Journal); “essential reading”; “innovative”; and as giving “finely balanced views” (in the Modern Law Review); “an excellent addition to the literature on contract remedies”; “a fine job” (in the Australian periodical the Journal of Contract Law); “an impeccable demonstration that the differences between French and English law are not only apparent but real” (in the French periodical Revue Trimestrielle de Droit Civil); and “an invaluable work in comparative private law which enriches the discussion in this area of the law” (in the South American journal Revista Chilena de Derecho). The monograph was also cited by the Scottish Law Commission in its discussion paper on the reform of remedies for breach of contract (Discussion Paper on Remedies for Breach of Contract No 163 (2017)).

Journal Article (10)

S Rowan, 'Abuse of Rights in English Contract Law: Hidden in Plain Sight?' (2021) 84 Modern Law Review 1066–1092
S Rowan, 'Problems of Contractual Interpretation: English and French Law Compared' (2020) Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 273
S Rowan, 'The “Legitimate Interest in Performance” in the Law on Penalties' (2019) Cambridge Law Journal 1
S Rowan, 'Cost of Cure Damages and the Relevance of the Injured Promisee’s Intention to Cure' (2017) Cambridge Law Journal 616
S Rowan, 'The New French Law of Contract' (2017) 66 International & Comparative Law Quarterly 805-831 805
S Rowan, 'Fault and Breach of Contract: a Comparative Analysis' (2011) 22 European Business Law Review 467
S Rowan, 'For the Recognition of Remedial Terms Agreed Inter Partes' (2010) 126 Law Quarterly Review 448
S Rowan, 'La Nouvelle Limite Posée à l’Exécution Forcée en Nature par l’Avant-Projet de la Chancellerie' (2010) Revue de l’Université Panthéon-Assas 81
S Rowan, 'Reflections on the Introduction of Punitive Damages for Breach of Contract' (2010) 30 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 495
S Rowan, 'Mitigation of Damage: A French Perspective' (2005) 55 International & Comparative Law Quarterly 205

Chapter (9)

S Rowan, 'Comparative Observations on Punishment in Private Law' in E Bant, J Goudkamp, J Patterson and W Courtney (eds), Punishment and Private Law (Hart 2021)
S Rowan, 'The Reform of French Contrat Law: the Struggle for Coherency ' in TT Arving and J Steele (eds), Contract Law and the Legislature (Hart 2020)
S Rowan, 'La Résolution du Contrat Pour Inexécution' in J Cartwright and S Whittaker (eds), La Réécriture du Code Civl. Le Droit Français des Contrats après la Réforme de 2016 (Société de Législation Comparée 2018)
S Rowan, 'Resisting Termination: Some Comparative Observations' in A Dyson, J Goudkamp, F Wilmot-Smith (ed), Defences in Contract (Hart 2017)
S Rowan, 'Termination for Contractual Non-Performance' in J Cartwright and S Whittaker (eds), The Code Napoléon Rewritten: French Contract Law after the 2016 Reforms (Hart 2017)
S Rowan, 'Conditions – Art 5.3.1-5.3.5' in S Vogenauer (ed), Commentary on the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts (OUP 2015)
S Rowan, 'Moral Damages – French Law' in V Palmer (ed), The Recovery of Non-Pecuniary Loss in European Contract Law (CUP 2015)
S Rowan, 'L’Introduction des Dommages et Intérêts Punitifs en Droit Français : Etude Comparative' in John Cartwright, Stefan Vogenauer, Simon Whittaker (ed), Regards Comparatistes sur l’Avant-Projet de Reforme du Droit des Obligations et de la Prescription (Société de Législation Comparée 2010)
S Rowan, 'Comparative Observations on the Introduction of Punitive Damages in French Law' in J Cartwright, S Whittaker and S Vogenauer (eds), Reforming the French Law of Obligations (Hart 2009)

Review (3)

S Rowan, 'Review of A Burrows, Remedies for Torts, Breach of Contract, and Equitable Wrongs (4th edn 2019 OUP)' (2020) 83 Modern Law Review 1101 [Review]
S Rowan, 'Book Review of An Introduction to the English Law of Contract for the Civil Lawyer by John Cartwright (Hart Publishing: 2017)' (2018) Revue Trimestrielle de Droit Civil 932 [Review]
S Rowan, 'Book Review of Comparative Law in Practice: Contract Law in a Mid-Channel Jurisdiction by D Fairgrieve (Hart, 2016)' (2018) 67 International & Comparative Law Quarterly 474 [Review]

Case Note (1)

S Rowan, 'Protecting Contractual Expectations: an Australian Perspective' (2009) Cambridge Law Journal 276 [Case Note]

Research projects